Leave the World Behind

While reading this book, I kept thinking, “did Rumaan Alam think his book would be so timely when he was writing it?”  The topics of race, class, and family would have been enough to make this a very 2020 book but how could anyone have known that a book that discussed those topics AND a global catastrophe would be written pre-2020, only to be released at the end of what feels like the longest year ever?  As much as I loved this book, I would hesitate to recommend it right now, solely based on the content, knowing that some people might not want to read about the beginning of the end of the world while we are still dealing with a pandemic. However, if you feel like you can handle this topic right now, this book is one that you will be hearing about a lot over the next few months (Netflix bought the rights before the book was even released and Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are already set to star in the adaptation,) and I really enjoyed this one, as much as you can enjoy a sad, semi-apocalyptic book.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible

While this graphic novel is probably best appreciated when read during the Autumn months, especially around Halloween, I finally got around to reading it this week and it was still enjoyable, even when read in the middle of cold and snowy weather.  This had been on my to read list for a while but for some reason it was always passed over for other titles.   I was afraid that I had waited too long to read it and that the hype would cloud my enjoyment of it.  Boy was I wrong.  This was a dark, sad, funny, retelling of the Sabrina story that most of us know and I would highly recommend it.

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